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Murray supports restrictions on unvaccinated players at Australian Open

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Oct 12 (Reuters) – Andy Murray expects unvaccinated players to compete at the Australian Open however says he would help strikes by native authorities to impose stricter circumstances on them at Melbourne Park than those that have been totally vaccinated towards COVID-19.

Victoria sports minister Martin Pakula mentioned on Tuesday that players planning to compete at the primary Grand Slam of the yr ought to get vaccinated to provide themselves the most effective likelihood of competing in Melbourne. learn extra

Tennis Australia has declined to remark on preparations for players primarily based on their vaccination standing.

However, vaccinated players are anticipated to given extra freedom to maneuver round and might also be capable of skip the nation’s obligatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival.

“My understanding is if you’re unvaccinated you’re still allowed to play, it’s just the rules are going to be different,” Murray instructed a news convention after Tuesday’s third-round Indian Wells defeat by Alexander Zverev.

“You might just have to leave (for Australia) a few weeks earlier than everyone else. That’s the player’s choice. If the local government puts that in place then I would support that.

“It could be nice if extra players received vaccinated.

“Australia in particular has been very, very strict over there. The public there have had to endure a painful 18 months or whatever.

“If persons are going to return into the nation and doubtlessly danger an outbreak of their group, yeah, that is comprehensible.”

World number four Zverev, who in April said he had not been vaccinated, did not want to be stuck in the middle of the debate.

“I totally respect the selections of players that aren’t vaccinated. I additionally do respect the choice that the Australian authorities is giving,” he said.

“I do not wish to be in the course of one thing which I sort of am not concerned in as a result of I haven’t got that situation of the two-week quarantine, all that. I do not wish to go towards anyone right here.”

The Australian Open is due to start on Jan. 17.

Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru and Rory Carroll in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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